Joe the Plumber used to be satire

If you haven’t seen this one, you’re even farther out of the loop than I am.

LIMA, OH — Roy Shybinski, an uneducated 33-year-old forklift operator from Lima, is making final preparations for his national radio address tomorrow on The Rush Limbaugh Show. Shybinski, who has been “waiting a long time to speak my mind” … will speak to an expected audience of 32 million when he calls Limbaugh’s radio program shortly after 1 p.m. EST.

Now, if you’re wondering what that means—

The Onion—May 29, 1993

—that was from 1993.

The chain on this one is impressive. BoingBoing to Wonkette to Sullivan … and that’s where I finally caught on. Sorry, I really should be paying closer attention.

Anyway, many Americans have colloquially referred to politics as a joke. But it seems, more and more each day, to be coming literally true.

I think of Homer Simpson: “Baby on board, something, something, Burt Ward. This thing writes itself!”

And this is a presidential contest. Ye gads, America, what have we become?

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